Episode #75 was special as it was our first recipe contest episode. We put out a call on facebook for viewers to send us their favorite date night recipes.
The prizes were free copies of our e-cookbook Date Night at Home, and winning recipes would be featured on the show and crosslinked through the blog and credits.
The shoot went very well. We had some comedic moments when I realized I had forgotten a couple of ingredients, but thanks to a well-stocked pantry we were able to make workarounds!
I'll tell you about them because they are funny, and you might learn something, as I did.
The first was that we needed a little sweet liqueur to drizzle over the souffles. When shopping I forgot to go to the liquor store—duh!! So with a little coconut milk, honey, coffee, and 151 rum, I magically made "coffee cream liqueur." It worked perfectly, in fact, it was a dead ringer for some nicer coffee cream liqueurs I have tasted.
The other workaround was that I forgot freakin' jalapenos for the avocado salsa. (Really?!) By the time we realized the omission, it was about 1 a.m., and the store was closed. However, I did just have a little pepper fest, so I had dehydrated jalapenos! I rehydrated the prettiest one. It came back perfectly. The pepper was seeded, chopped, and added to the salsa with no degradation of flavor!
The result was incredible food and a near-flawless show. As a bonus, We saved money by being creative and maintaining a stocked pantry.
The 151, by the way, is an absolute must in our Hot Kitchen. We don't drink it; it is exclusively for lighting food on fire and as a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants liqueur maker.
Dried peppers are another absolute must in the kitchen. They are a pain because they must be rehydrated, but WOW are dried peppers a culinary lifesaver.
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